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HELP! .... sprouts & chestnuts

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Riverwalk Tue 24-Dec-13 14:22:12

I have a pack of 'cooked, peeled & ready to use' chestnuts and was intending to add them to sprouts, which I don't think I've done before.

The instructions say you can fry with bacon bits and add sprouts. My sister is a vegetarian so the bacon is out ....... will the chestnuts be a bit 'claggy' and tasteless without the tasty crispy bacon?

Should I just forget about the chestnuts? tchconfused

Gagagran Tue 24-Dec-13 14:23:58

You could do some for her in a little pan with just the sprouts and chestnuts. Should be OK done in butter or olive oil.

Riverwalk Tue 24-Dec-13 14:30:34

I was thinking of that Gaga but I already have to do separate gravy and separate veggie chippolatas and I run out of pans and space!

Are chestnuts tasty enough on their own with the sprouts?

I need a glass of wine whilst I think about this! tchgrin

Elegran Tue 24-Dec-13 14:47:29

Could you do them without the bacon, just in a little butter, then separate out hers and add bacon to the rest? Perhaps you could have fried the bacon earlier, and kept it in the fridge in a small dish, with any melted bacon fat.

Would hers cook in the microwave?

granjura Tue 24-Dec-13 15:06:49

We normally do them with broken pieces of chestnuts and no bacon- and a bit of black pepper.

whenim64 Tue 24-Dec-13 16:04:49

I'm doing them without bacon as we have a vegetarian for dinner. I halve the sprouts and toss them in butter for a few minutes in a frying pan, add quarter chestnuts and season, toss them a few times again to make sure they're hot, and serve. Even the sprout-deniers don't mind them like this.

kittylester Tue 24-Dec-13 16:13:56

Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall (sp) suggested roasting spouts with other veg, eg carrots, potatoes, parsnips etc. I roasted 2 in goose fat while I had the oven on for something else. They still tasted like sprouts but with crispy, burnt outers. tchconfused

granjura Tue 24-Dec-13 16:23:40

Must say I would parboil them first to roast.

kittylester Tue 24-Dec-13 16:56:58

They were quite tender after about 40 minutes granjura but there was no disguising their sproutiness. tchgrin

Riverwalk Wed 25-Dec-13 08:43:52

Thank you all for your helpful tips - seems that chopping up the chestnuts is the way to go tchsmile wine

Iam64 Thu 26-Dec-13 08:29:45

Hope it worked Riverwalk, I didn't get chance to play out on gransnet yesterday. Mr Iam decided to do some sprouts as he'd seen Jamie Oliver do them on tv. He shredded the sprouts, stir fried them and added worcester sauce. He reduced the amount of worcester sauce (thankfully). He had a moments panic, and did half the sprouts in the usual way - all were eaten. Well, everything was eaten. We didn't have any vegetarians here yesterday, though almost everyone sitting round the table has had a vegetarian period in their lives. It made gravy making much simpler. Hope everyone ate well, I love festive food.

Riverwalk Thu 26-Dec-13 08:34:32

Iam I was just about to report back that I followed your recipe .... halved cooked sprouts, sauted in butter with quartered chestnuts. They were so delicious that unfortunately there's no leftovers for today! tchsmile wine

Iam64 Fri 27-Dec-13 08:42:11

River, that sounds delicious. My report back is that I think the half the sprouts and fry in butter with chestnuts was When's recipe, and one I wish we had used, rather than the one MrIam used, the Jamie Oliver shred the sprouts recipe.

Riverwalk Fri 27-Dec-13 08:53:12

My error ... thanks to When for the lovely sprouts! tchsmile wine